June 3, 2013

B'town banking on its bargaining 'Chip'

PLATTSBURGH — Beekmantown baseball coach Eric Bell wouldn’t mind stepping out onto Chip Cummings Field the next two days.

The Eagles (18-3) captured the Section VII Class B title last Thursday with a 5-4 victory over Peru at Cummings Field.

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Today, at 4 p.m., Beekmantown returns to the same site and will host Section II champion Schalmont (19-4) in NYSPHSAA regional play. Should the Eagles win, they will be back at Cummings Field on Tuesday to entertain Section X winner Ogdensburg Free Academy at 4 p.m. with the survivor advancing to the Class B Final Four.

“It’s an advantage for us being at Chip Cummings Field,” Bell said. “Our guys have played there before, some several times.

“Outfield speed in a big ballpark like that is also an advantage. Devin Fessette, Brandon Buksa and Zach Myers give us that speed and they back up one another well.”

Bell said the team is capable of playing better than it did in the 5-4 decision over the Indians.

“We weren’t at our best in the sectional finals,” he said. “We could have run the bases better, we struggled bunting and didn’t get the clutch hit at times.

“But, all year we have found a way to win. In every sport these kids play, they show a lot of heart. We’ve had some seventh-inning comebacks this year and the kids don’t quit.”

Senior Austin Bradish will be today’s starting pitcher for the Eagles.

“He’s a five-year varsity player and a captain,” Bell said. “He has limited his walks this year and has a 5-0 pitching record.”

Bradish, Justin Stevens, Fessette, Buksa and Brandon Rabideau are the leading hitters for Beekmantown. Second baseman Adam Goldfarb played well defensively in the win over Peru.

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